How to Take Care of a Pet Duck

Pets like dogs or cats can be pretty picky about their food and water sources especially when it comes to cleanliness. But ducks are even less likely to stick with one source of feed or drink.


“They have an extremely sensitive sense of smell,” says Dr. Jennifer Korth, associate professor in poultry science at Texas A&M University. “If there is something wrong with their diet, they will eat anything.”


That means you need to make sure your pet duck gets its daily dose of vitamins and minerals while keeping bacteria and parasites away from its food and water. And that’s easier said than done.


“It’s not just about feeding them enough food,” she explains. “You have to understand what makes ducks sick so you know if you’ve given them enough nutrients or if you’ve exposed them to disease-causing organisms.” So what exactly do these birds look like? How many different kinds are out there? What diseases affect them? Keep reading to find out.


How Do Ducks Fit In Your Household?


Pet ducks aren’t usually kept inside. They can live with you outdoors or in a coop. If you choose the latter option, though, you’ll need to learn more about how to maintain a healthy environment.


For instance, ducks tend to congregate around ponds, lakes, rivers, and marshes where they can easily defecate into the water supply. That’s why most people don’t want them living indoors where they could poop on everything from carpets and furniture to curtains and blinds.


To avoid this problem, experts recommend installing mesh covers over windows and adding a layer of gravel outside. You should also consider having a separate area set up for the ducks’ droppings, which can contain harmful bacteria and feces. This may require digging a …